We announced our news a couple weeks ago on Instagram but haven’t made mention here – we are having another baby! The timing of our news came in the midst of life being chaotic and our emotions being pulled every direction. We weren’t planning an extra baby right now but we have regularly considered it. God decided it was our time!! After learning of our news we were riding the wave of what life sent us into the lull of announcing our news. We’ve always waited to tell anyone until about 10 weeks or so, with all three pregnancies but this one felt different on a variety of levels.
We were living in the reality of my grandmother being very ill, yet we had the excitement of a new life coming this year. There was a realness that we were pulled all over the place with emotions. I was pulled in each direction of announcing the news to my grandma.
Not long after we found out that we were having a baby, I was on the phone with her while she was in the hospital for one of her first stays. The kids were being wild in the background and she said “I think she needs one or two more – haha!” I replied with a laugh and said I wasn’t so sure about all that. I almost told her in that moment but it was still so early. The further it went on and the worse she got it was harder to decide the right choice. She loved being a grandma so much and I knew there would be joy for us but sadness in her that she knew the reality that she wouldn’t be here in October.
We went to Colorado after she passed (I shared about that here) and we actually had our first appointment with my old doctor. I didn’t want to risk sharing any good news that might be met with sadness until we could sing the praises of it all in knowing things were completely fine. The busy-ness of the situation left me cancelling appointments in uncertainty of going back to Colorado or not.
We shared our news after our appointment with the family. We discussed the “right time” to share the news, since such heartache just wrecked the hearts of our family, but Miss A was so excited so lasted only a couple hours before the news was announced. A friend of mine said “baby news – all kinds – is always good news to announce” when we were talking a couple of weeks ago and I feel like fit for our situation too. It felt good to share the goodness of new life even though we were mourning loss.
I found a new doctor here and feel good about her and the office. I am never very excited to try and blindly find a new doctor but was blessed with a neighbor who knows the area well. Our new OB came highly recommended and had great reviews. Meeting her at our first appointment concreted that she was a great fit for us. She was incredible with my kiddos and went out of her way to make them feel included in the appointment and excitement of our new family member.
There are a few things that I have heavily had on my heart that I want to be different about this delivery that I’ve stressed about, prayed on and felt strongly about. I asked her all of my questions, discussed all of my options and her confidence and peacefulness in the answers further concreted my doctor choice. The things important to me are completely feasible and she’s extremely experienced in them. Another answered prayer.
My first trimester this time around has been the easiest of all three pregnancies. I had morning sickness but nothing like the other two. I was very tired (especially with this babe not being a fan of coffee) while chasing the other two around. When others have asked what I think has made the difference in this pregnancy, I tell them I genuinely believe it’s been the difference in what I have integrated into my current lifestyle. I’ve paired oils, non-toxic cleaning products, additional health supplements to our lifestyle and they’ve not only helped but given me added support. I’ll be doing a different post on that a different day. I’m just grateful that this one has been such a good pregnancy.
With Miss A, I took weekly pregnancy photos. That first pregnancy you are just so consumed with the pregnancy. With B, I took them fairly frequently but was busy with A so I wasn’t as good. This time around, I’ve been pretty terrible about photos. I’m 18 weeks today and I have approximately 3 bump photos – 3 that I’ve taken and 2 Ryan has. I need to get better about photos this time around.
We are so very excited about this new babe coming in October. Both of the kids like to talk about the new baby. B likes to point to my belly and say “Baby!” and A loves to talk about all the things she will do with the baby. She talks about holding the baby, giving the baby toys, seeing the baby for the first time, etc. It’s such a joy to see them both excited and I know they will be excellent with the baby. Ryan and I both grew up with only one other sibling (I have a half sister that arrived when I was a teenager), so we are anxious and excited to see how this will add to our family dimension!
Sweet Baby #3, we can’t wait to meet you this October!